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300274 VO Conservation Planning - tools for mainstreaming biodiversity management (2018S)

Scientific approaches to prioritize conservation actions at global, regional and local scale

2.00 ECTS (1.00 SWS), SPL 30 - Biologie


Language: English

Examination dates


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Wednesday 07.03. 13:00 - 14:00 Hörsaal (Fakultätszentrum für Biodiversität) Rennweg EG
Thursday 26.04. 15:00 - 18:00 Hörsaal (Fakultätszentrum für Biodiversität) Rennweg EG
Friday 27.04. 15:00 - 18:00 Hörsaal (Fakultätszentrum für Biodiversität) Rennweg EG
Monday 30.04. 15:00 - 18:00 Hörsaal (Fakultätszentrum für Biodiversität) Rennweg EG


Aims, contents and method of the course

An overview on the following topics will be given:

1. The main issue in nature conservation: how do we identify and prioritize areas to preserve biodiversity?
2. Systematic Conservation Planning: a scientific approach in conservation planning
3. The decision-support software MARXAN as an example of Systematic Conservation Planning tool
4. How to assess species’ conservation status: the Red Lists criteria and categories
5. A case study to exemplify the prioritization process
6. Conservation Planning for Ecosystem Services: an overview

Assessment and permitted materials

Written exam: 1.5 h; five open questions

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Examination topics

Reading list

Margules, C. R., & Pressey, R. L. (2000). Systematic conservation planning. Nature, 405(6783), 243-253.
Wilson, K. A., Carwardine, J., & Possingham, H. P. (2009). Setting conservation priorities. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1162(1), 237-264.

Further literature will be provided during the course.

Association in the course directory


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